Over the last year or so there have been reports on some of the Astoria blogs of women being groped by a man riding a bicycle. Some have called the reports false or nonsense.
Well, I witnessed one this morning.
A little before 6:00AM walking Frankie down 23rd Ave near 28th Street I heard a woman yell from across the avenue. I couldn’t see her momentarily because of a park SUV. When I moved around it I saw a guy on a bike pedaling for all he was worth turning up 28th street back towards Ditmars. I yelled to her to see what happened. She said “that guy grabbed me!”
Frankie and I turned and I yelled after him, but he was already 3/4 down the block and pedaling hard, I had no chance of catching him (though Frankie might have). Anyway, the woman was OK. I got the sense he grabbed her backside and kept pedaling. He was stunned by Frankie and I being there, I guess because we were hidden behind the truck.
Ladies, please be careful. And PLEASE BE VOCAL. This woman did the exact right thing, by yelling loudly Frankie and I made ourselves known and he got the hell out of there.
A little more about the guy himself - disclaimer it was dark and I only saw him under street lights.
- I’d put him between 30-40.
- Maybe 5’10”
- Caucasian or Latino but again really hard to tell under the lights.
- He was wearing a black North Face style coat and a hunters cap.
- Thin build